Workers renovating an apartment in southeast Washington, DC, last week made a disturbing discovery: They found a human skull in the crawl space. Then police investigators arrived and things got worse. They found the rest of a female's remains in the crawl space, plus the skeletal remains of two other females outside in subsequent days, reports WTOP. Beyond gender, everything else about the discoveries remains a mystery. Police don't know who the remains belong to, how long they've been there, their ages, or cause of death. The DC medical examiner is on the case, but answers will take time.
"It’s creepy," Andrea Thompson, a 47-year-old nurse currently renting the ground-floor apartment where the first discovery was made, tells the Washington Post. "I don’t really want to be there." The neighborhood is only about a half-mile from the Anacostia Freeway, leading some neighbors to speculate that the remains might be victims of a killer known as the Freeway Phantom, who killed six girls and women in the the early 1970s and left their bodies by roadsides. DC police were to examine the current list of missing persons, though much will depend on the medical examiner's estimate of how long the remains have been there. (Read more skeletal remains stories.)